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#1 User is offline   QuickGold 

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Posted 23 May 2004 - 04:08 PM

Da Crew: Me, 22 year old stud 8) About to graduate Pace University in New York City
Emily: Younger sister
Naomi: Youngest sister who's afraid of roller coasters
Mom & Dad: Those people with all the money.

Lodging: Hotel Royal Plaza at Downtown Disney

Duration: 5/26 - 5/29

Transportation: Song Airlines from Hartford, CT

I think there's very few things in life that someone can geniunely be absolutely thrilled about to go do or see. For me, its Disney World. Now it's no secret that I love going down but the rest of my family are well, "Less than thrilled" when it comes to the World. But as you can tell by the fact that this is a trip report, I will be going down but here's the whole story....

With my graduation from college coming up, my parents had wanted to know when I would be coming home to spend some time with them before I went out into the world and got my own life....something about "missing me" or something :P Anyway, as graduation got closer my mom told me numerous times to take the week after graduation off from work and come home. That alone wasn't suspicous but she kept making sure I had taken that week off.

So I began to suspect something was amiss. I mean, if they were going to buy me a car or something, they wouldn't need me to come home for a week , right? Well a few weeks passed and no mention of this week came up and I began to think "Great, they just want to see me!", as if that was a bad thing :lol: And then the other week we were in the car and I suggested a trip to WDW and a collective groan was heard from anyone. At that point I gave up pretty much all hope for a trip. And I did what anyone would do when they realize they're plans aren't going to go through....I began coming up with reasons why it would be silly to go down, such as "It'll be too hot" or "Connecticut is just like Florida....just less humid and more trees" and "I'll get by by just listening to alot of Disney World radio".

Last week my parents told me they'd be coming into the city and wanted to have lunch with me to celebrate my sister's birthday. So they suggested chinese and I brought them to a nice little place in Chinatown for lunch. We ate, yada, yada, yada, yada and it came down to time to leave. My dad asked for the check and I was busy making sounds like a beached whale because thats what I felt like after finishing my lunch and then tackling my sister's meal.

So the waiter comes with the check and distributes the fortune cookies but my dad objects and asks for all the fortune cookies as he feels he needs to distribute them for better luck. You might have nutty parents like my dad who have dillusions of grandeur but by now I've gotten used to and was more preoccupied with figuring out how to work the release on my new belt I bought :) So when I got mine, I said "Umm, mine's sort of broken" and my dad barked back "It doesn't matter....just open it". So I cracked the cookie, and took out the fortune. There were two lines of text and I read the first line, "Your greatest wish will come true..." and so I thought to myself, "Heh, maybe it'll say I'll get a new car or a trip to Disney". So I kept reading, "...you're going to Disney World!" So I looked pointed to my fortune and showed my mom, "Hey, look at my fortune. It says I'm going to...." and as I was talking everyone was laughing and then I noticed the fact the paper was cut unevenly and no one else was looking at there fortunes and realized what was going on. Needless to say, I was speechless. I just had the dumbest grin on my face and really couldn't believe what was going on.

So as it turns out, the day after my graduation ceremony we're flying down for 5 days (Wednesday - Sunday). So with just 2 or 3 days left before my trip, I have to go into overdrive to start planning. For people like me, I cant just go down on any random trip like I'm going to the supermarket or something. I need every aspect of the trip planned with backups, page references to the Unofficial Guide, a journal to write in, clothing to match the park you're going to, etc. As you can probably tell by now, I'm super excited and can't wait for another trip to the happiest place on earth.
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Posted 23 May 2004 - 04:15 PM

Sweet Matt. They got you good. 8)
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Posted 23 May 2004 - 04:15 PM

trendymagic said:

Sweet Matt. They got you good. 8)

Oh yes, I was caught like deer in headlights.
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Posted 23 May 2004 - 06:44 PM

Congratulations Matt! Too bad the timing doesn't match up with my trip, but so be it. You can be the advance force that warns the Disney crew before my crew arrives with reinforcements. :lol:

Oh, and in your first sentence, you left off the "ent" in the word student. :wink:

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Posted 23 May 2004 - 06:59 PM

rob_wilson said:

Oh, and in your first sentence, you left off the "ent" in the word student. :wink:


He left it off a few other places as well. Thanks for clearing that up Rob.
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Posted 23 May 2004 - 08:54 PM

Ahhh, now I get the AIM message you sent, I thought I did something wrong :lol:


Woohooo!! You're finally bringing the family to meet you wife :)
That's awesome, I love the way they surprised you, that was pretty cool!

rob_wilson said:

Oh, and in your first sentence, you left off the "ent" in the word student. :wink:

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I noticed that too :P
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Posted 23 May 2004 - 09:44 PM

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Woohooo!! You're finally bringing the family to meet you wife :lol:


Maybe they can find the kids? (ROFLMAO)
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Posted 23 May 2004 - 10:11 PM

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DisneyPrincess said:

Woohooo!! You're finally bringing the family to meet you wife :lol:


Maybe they can find the kids? (ROFLMAO)


"Hi mom and dad and my 2 new sisters, I know we just met but can you help me find my long lost children?" :)
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Posted 23 May 2004 - 10:45 PM

That's a real good story of how they let you know you were going, Matt. A reward that is deserving of a college grad.
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Posted 24 May 2004 - 11:29 AM

rob_wilson said:

Congratulations Matt! Too bad the timing doesn't match up with my trip, but so be it. You can be the advance force that warns the Disney crew before my crew arrives with reinforcements. :P

I'll keep the place warm for you :)

rob_wilson said:

Oh, and in your first sentence, you left off the "ent" in the word student. :wink:

Riiiight.... :lol:
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Posted 24 May 2004 - 03:30 PM

So far I've booked dinner in Italy and breakfast at 1900 Park Fare with Jillian 8)
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Posted 24 May 2004 - 05:08 PM

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1900 Park Fare with Jillian 8)


What an upgrade from the last time you got married. Don't forget that afternoon snack at Indy for a cheesesteak.
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Posted 24 May 2004 - 05:59 PM

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Don't forget that afternoon snack at Indy for a cheesesteak.

How could I forget? I'm looking forward to a tasty snack....maybe because I haven't eaten dinner yet
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Posted 24 May 2004 - 09:18 PM

I almost had a cheesesteak today when I was at the park. I didn't get one, but thought of you guys :)

Maybe they'll give us an aniversary something or other :(
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Posted 24 May 2004 - 09:21 PM

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Lodging: Hotel Royal Plaza at Downtown Disney


I also just noticed... you are 'on property'. :shock: :)
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Posted 24 May 2004 - 09:48 PM

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Lodging: Hotel Royal Plaza at Downtown Disney


I also just noticed... you are 'on property'. :shock: :)

Not quite. It's technically off property, but its pretty darn close
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Posted 24 May 2004 - 09:51 PM

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Not quite. It's technically off property, but its pretty darn close


It is on Disney owned property, but not an official Disney hotel. However if you were staying at the Hilton at Downtown, you would get EMH and the like just as Disney Resorts do.
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Posted 24 May 2004 - 10:05 PM

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It is on Disney owned property, but not an official Disney hotel. However if you were staying at the Hilton at Downtown, you would get EMH and the like just as Disney Resorts do.

Oh well, you can blame my mom for the ressies.
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Posted 24 May 2004 - 10:09 PM

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Oh well, you can blame my mom for the ressies.


I'll congratulate her for putting you that close!
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Posted 25 May 2004 - 08:20 PM

Yeah, I won't blame your mom but thank her for such a nice hotel ressie. :)
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